Tutorial: Non-committal Curtains from Bed Sheets.

This tutorial will guide you through the steps to make non-commital curtains from bed sheets.  The button holes at the top allow you to change the look of the curtains by simply changing what hangs the curtains on the curtain rod.  You can move the curtains from room to room without having to make whole new curtains.

queen size flat bed sheet
*Ensure the width and length of your flat sheet will be large enough to cover your window.  I like my sheet to have about 1.5-2 times the width of the window.  For this tutorial, I used a flat sheet for an extra deep bed, which was 84″ — the perfect length to cover many windows!

ribbon, rope, or other material to attach the curtains to the rod — have a look around your house and get creative!

1.  Cut sheet in half lengthwise.  The original top, bottom hem (unless you choose to make shorter curtains), and outer finished edges of the sheets will remain in tact, leaving only a couple of seams to finish yourself.

2. Turn raw edge toward wrong side of sheet and press.  You should be turning the edge the same width as the outer finished edge.

3. Turn pressed edge again and press.  Stitch close to edge along entire length of folded edge.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with other half of sheet.
5. Using a dissapearing ink pen or pins, mark approximately 1″ from top side edge of each panel.

6. Fold panels in half lengthwise and mark the top middle.

7. For each panel, fold the middle and side markings together to again find the middle between the two.  Repeat with middle and other side marking.  You should now have 5 evenly spaced marks on each panel.

8. Stitch buttonholes at each of the marks, 1/2″ from top edge, and approximately 1″ long.  I always do a practice buttonhole first on some scrap fabric to ensure that my placement will be correct.  Buttonholes are not fun to unpick :).

9. Unpick the center fabric of each buttonhole.  If you would like to make your curtains shorter than the sheet length, now is the time to cut and hem them to your desired length.  You can also add pennies or drapery weights to the hem if needed.  My sheet was quite heavy so I chose to leave the curtains without weights.

10. Now it’s time to get creative…

Grab some rope if you’ve got a little Buckaroo like I do…

Or ribbon if you’ve got a princess in the house…

Or anything else you find that can hang on a curtain rod. 
Have a son that loves rock climbing?  Use some large carabiners!

…Tie or attach whatever you’re using to each buttonhole, leaving enough space to slide the loop or object around the curtain rod.

11. Hang your new non-commital curtains on a rod and change up the tops in a few months when you get bored of them!

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  1. Hey Abby! Did you know it took me quite a few visits to your blog before I realized it was yours?! I’m a little slow! It’s amazing though, i love it!

    Thanks for all those tips, and I love this tutorial. I am all for low commitment. :)

  2. I love this! Found you on Skip to My Lou. What a great idea to use a sheet. I was looking for a good idea for curtains!

  3. Great idea. I got a free set of cheap black sheets when I bought a new mattress. This is a perfect new use for them.

  4. Nice job! I’ve made several showers curtains from sheets over the years. Dropping by from BNOTP.

  5. Great instructions! Love that you used a flat sheet. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

  6. I want to see the whole window…please! And by the way, I love the idea. And, Joel’s bed is awesome! Will he build one for Everett? Seriously, how long did it take him?

  7. Whoa, awesome idea! I love non-committal things. I just like switching things up too much to commit to something permanent. This is so perfect.

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

  8. These turned out great!

    I would love it if you joined my “Saturday is Crafty Day” party on April 24th! Stop by my blog for details.

  9. These are super creative curtains! I I love the non-commital design – perfect! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today.


  10. Excellent tutorial and craftsmanship. Thank you for sharing it on the boardwalk Bragfest!

  11. Those turned out great! I love the idea of using ribbon too. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Great tutorial…grommets are easy and work well if buttonholes give you nightmares. :0)

    I like the hanging with ribbons…very sweet.

    I’m visiting for Get Your Craft on Thursdays. I’d love for you to come by for a visit when you have a moment. ♥

    Have a lovely day…

    Stephanie ♥

  13. The curtains are fabolous!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party.

  14. I really like the textured bedsheet you used! They look great. I like the jute twine you used to hang them too.

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  15. Hey I loved that idea of using ribbons and cords to keep the curtains in place. I especially loved the way you tied it. Lovely. :-)

  16. Nice info guys! We might try to work a reference to this one into the kas bed sheets newsletter later next week. Thanks again!

  17. amazing, lovelyt and cute desings I think this kind of desings are perfct for a home like the mine, thank you…

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